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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb playing - buy this CD!
This is an outstanding first collection from a brilliant young player. The glamorous photos may suggest Janine Jansen is simply another in the long line of attractive young violinists marketed on their looks as the next big thing, but in this case there is considerably more going on behind the surface. Her playing is technically outstanding, but the virtuosity is always...
Published on 1 July 2004

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7 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks fire
After all the hype I was terribly disapointed with this violinist, finding her lacking in both passion and sensitivity.
Her Saint-Saens Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso highlights problems with her technique, for example: intonation. Although this wouldn't be an issue if it were a convincing interpretation. Instead Jansen delivers the piece blandly and "by rote"...
Published on 27 Jan 2004 by Dreamtiger


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb playing - buy this CD!, 1 July 2004
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This is an outstanding first collection from a brilliant young player. The glamorous photos may suggest Janine Jansen is simply another in the long line of attractive young violinists marketed on their looks as the next big thing, but in this case there is considerably more going on behind the surface. Her playing is technically outstanding, but the virtuosity is always at the service of the music - not merely a flashy display. She has a full rounded, lyrical tone, but also a sense of restraint, and the lightness of touch and sparkle required for the lighter pieces. Tzigane has fire and glitter, Vaughan Williams' Lark soars sweetly, not overburdened with poetic effect. She also does not over-indulge the schmaltz in the Schindler's List theme (unlike Chloe Hanslip, who pulls it about all over the place). Wordsworth and the orchestra accompany her with style and verve. All in all an excellent and hugely enjoyable debut, in very good Decca sound (the soloist not placed unnaturally forward), and I look forward greatly to hearing her in more substantial works.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sumptuous collection, 17 Feb 2004
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Rohun (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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I first heard of Janine Jansen when I saw her play Vaughan Williams' "The Lark Ascending" at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall last year. I was totally captivated by her mesmirising and bewitching performance and so found this CD to quench my thirst for more of her playing.
The CD begins dramatically with the "Dance Russe" by Tchaikovsky and moves through pieces of great variety with Saint-SaŽns and then comes to the moving and spell binding performance of "The Lark Ascending" which had first got my attention in the RAH. She is truly a performer of great talent both technically and in the vivacious and sophistication of her style.
A must buy!!! I am now looking forward to hear her play Bruch's "Violin Concerto in G Min" at the Royal Festival Hall this March!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great future emerging, 30 Aug 2003
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W R Visser (Leusden Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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Janine Jansen from Holland, born 1978. Her extremely great talents can hardly better be illustrated than by the violin she plays: a real Stradivarius from 1727, leased to her by the prestigeous American Stradivari Society.
Jansen and her Stradivarius are a delight to listen to. Very well backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Barry Wordsworth), the music is equally well put on CD by Decca's sound engineers.
Janine Jansen likes chamber music, and that what the music of this CD is about. Her first CD, and I can hardly wait for her next issue.
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7 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks fire, 27 Jan 2004
This review is from: Janine Jansen (Audio CD)
After all the hype I was terribly disapointed with this violinist, finding her lacking in both passion and sensitivity.
Her Saint-Saens Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso highlights problems with her technique, for example: intonation. Although this wouldn't be an issue if it were a convincing interpretation. Instead Jansen delivers the piece blandly and "by rote". It's an absolutely gorgeous piece and I'd recommend Sarah Chang's awesome and exciting recording instead.
Jansen's "Shindler's List" is very weak. Unfortunately the beauty of the music is disapated by her slight tone and lack of pacing. It is pratically unrecognisable from the wonderfully passionate recording by Chloe Hanslip.
Ravel's Tzigane is also a pale imitation. I'd recommend Anne-Sophie Mutter's flamboyant version instead, as the music requires more flair and variety.
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